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September 21, 2019

30 Incredibly Colorized Photos Capture Everyday Life of Finland in the Early 20th Century

Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

Finland is the eighth-largest country in Europe and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. It is a parliamentary republic of 311 municipalities, and one autonomous region, the Ă…land Islands.

In 1906, Finland became the first European state to grant all adult citizens the right to vote, and the first in the world to give all adult citizens the right to run for public office. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, Finland declared itself independent, joined the United Nations in 1955. The country was a relative latecomer to industrialization, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950s.

After World War II, Finland rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive welfare state based on the Nordic model, resulting in widespread prosperity and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.

Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development, and considered one of the world's happiest countries.

These amazing photos were colorized by Frank that captured everyday life of Finland from between the 1900s and 1930s.

Picnic in the Helsinki archipelago, circa 1900

A woman and a cow in Finland in 1910

A young woman and a cat photographed by the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, circa 1910s

An idyllic summer day in the Åland archipelago, 1910

Danish pilot on the lookout for am approaching ship on the Danish island of Nyord in 1910

The western part of the Kaivopuisto park in Helsinki in 1910

Flax processing in the village of Pörtom in Ostrobothnia (Swedish speaking area in Finland) in 1912

A traditional wedding cortege in the Swedish speaking area of Ostrobothnia in Finland on the way to church, 1913

Harvesting barley in the Swedish speaking county of Ostrobothnia in Finland in 1915

An afternoon snack, 1920

Man driving a Daimler cabriolet in Helsinki, circa late 1920s

Morning coffee on the afterdeck, somewhere in the Finnish archipelago in 1920

Preparing for departure, somewhere in the southern Finnish archipelago, circa 1920s

The family cabriolet on the Senate square, with the Cathedral in the background, Helsinki in 1920

A small boy in Helsinki in 1922

Finnish veteranarian Bernhard Åberg and his Harley Davidson in 1922

The Sports Committee of the city of Helsinki inspecting a future location for a children's playground in 1923

A modern kitchen of the then newly opened Elanto co-operative restaurant in Helsinki at Viipuri street 4, 1930

Girls from the private school Privata Svenska Flickskolan, Finland at a cooking lesson, circa early 1930s

The German airship Graf Zeppelin in Helsinki, 1930

Two young ladies in Helsinki smoking and drinking cognac with coffee in the early 1930s

Cargo and passenger ship S/S Aranda in Helsinki, 1931

His first boat, 1931

The De Havilland D.H.60X "Pilvetär" in Helsinki, 1931

The Hanoverian stallion foal Khedio at the Pickala mansion in southern Finland in 1931

A traditional fishing boat in the Finnish archipelago in 1932

Enjoying the summer in Helsinki, 1934

Three ladies from Dagsmark in the Swedish-speaking area of Ostrothnia in Finland on their way to a eucharist service in their local church in 1935

The village of Koskeby in Vörå, Ostrobothnia in the 1930s

Window display of Goldfish swimwear and beach fashion in Helsinki in the 1930s


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